Bradley Wiggins on Rival: F*cking Chris Froome, English Aims Gold at Glasgow 2014

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By Lou Imperial | July 23, 2014 6:53 PM EST

Sir Bradley Wiggins is off to get the gold medal in the team pursuit competition at the Commonwealth Games 2014. But before he starts his quest for greatness, Wiggins had some strong words to people asking him about his Sky and English cycling teammate.

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The pack of riders cycles on its way during the 237.5km 16th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, July 22, 2014.

Wiggins, who boasts three silver medals at Commonwealth Games and seven Olympic medals (four of them are gold), apparently doesn't want to hear anyone asking him about his relationship with Chris Froome or soliciting comments about his rival.

The 34-year old Wiggins already warned reporters that topics about the Tour de France, more so about Froome, who failed to defend his yellow jersey this year, would not be accommodated during the press conference.

However, a media man still dared to ask Wiggins on Froome, prompting the former Tour de France winner to utter the phrase. "F*cking Chris Froome."

Wiggins then told everyone how he felt when he was not picked to support Froome's bid to become a back-to-back Tour de France champion this year.

"I remember finding out I wasn't doing the Tour," Wiggins said in the press conference via Road.CC. "Then it was like: 'Monday morning I was hitting the track.'

"It was like going back 15 years: the excitement of building my bike up again and getting back on the track for the first time. It was really refreshing actually, just enjoyable."

Despite the Tour de France snub, Wiggins said he plans to compete on the road for at least two more years. He added that road has made him a stronger cycler, which is something he wants to capitalize in the team pursuit event.

"I'm a lot stronger than I used to be in the event, which is one of the things the road has given me. Hopefully that will continue for the next two years."   

Wiggins also admitted that velodrome in Glasgow did not give enough recognition for six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy by putting a bigger Emirate sign over his name, calling it more like a 'shopping center.'

He suggested that people in Glasgow should have built a monument of Hoy outside the velodrome, recognizing his greatness in the sport.

Wiggins, the first ever Englishman to win the Tour de France, plans to win his first Commonwealth gold medal and then another gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

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The pack of riders cycles on its way during the 237.5km 16th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, July 22, 2014.
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